Yesterday featured historic collection of blowouts

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A matchup between the Warriors and Nuggets for first place in the Western Conference appeared to highlight yesterday’s NBA schedule – at least if Golden State cared. Already having proven themselves as back-to-back defending champions, the Warriors have been disinterested in other hyped games.

In one way, we got our wish. Golden State cared. But too much to make the game interesting. The Warriors scored an NBA-record 51 first-quarter points and put Denver away early in a 31-point win.

Yet, that was only the fourth-most-lopsided game of the night.

The 76ers beat the Timberwolves by 42. The Bucks beat the Heat by 38. The Pacers beat the Suns by 34.

Yesterday’s full slate:

  • 76ers 149, Timberwolves 107
  • Bucks 124, Heat 86
  • Pacers 131, Suns 97
  • Warriors 142, Nuggets 111
  • Hawks 142, Thunder 126
  • Lakers 107, Bulls 100

With an average margin of 28.0 points per game, that was the most-lopsided day in NBA history (minimum: four games), breaking the previous record of 27.8 on Feb. 11, 1968 and demolishing the previous record for a day with more than four games of 23.8 on Feb. 21, 1994.

Here are the most-lopsided days in NBA history (more than three games):

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Jan. 15, 2019 (six games)

Philadelphia 76ers 149, Minnesota Timberwolves 107

Milwaukee Bucks 124, Miami Heat 86

Indiana Pacers 131, Phoenix Suns 97

Golden State Warriors 142, Denver Nuggets 111

Atlanta Hawks 142, Oklahoma City Thunder 126

Los Angeles Lakers 107, Chicago Bulls 100

Feb. 11, 1968 (four games)

Los Angeles Lakers 141, Boston Celtics 104

Seattle SuperSonics 146, San Francisco Warriors 118

Philadelphia 76ers 119, St. Louis Hawks 93

Baltimore Bullets 136, San Diego Rockets 116

Nov. 12, 1966 (four games)

Los Angeles Lakers 144, Detroit Pistons 88

St. Louis Hawks 115, Boston Celtics 92

Philadelphia 76ers 112, Cincinnati Royals 98

New York Knicks 134, Baltimore Bullets 124

Oct. 21, 1961 (four games)

Philadelphia Warriors 132, New York Knicks 95

Boston Celtics 137, Detroit Pistons 102

Syracuse Nationals 123, Chicago Packers 103

Cincinnati Royals 138, St. Louis Hawks 129

Feb. 21, 1994 (six games)

Miami Heat 128, Washington Bullets 98

Utah Jazz 119, Philadelphia 76ers 92

Phoenix Suns 112, Sacramento Kings 86

San Antonio Spurs 114, Minnesota Timberwolves 89

Chicago Bulls 118, Charlotte Hornets 93

Dallas Mavericks 98, Detroit Pistons 88

Nov. 21, 1982 (four games)

Portland Trail Blazers 129, Cleveland Cavaliers 79

New Jersey Nets 111, Seattle SuperSonics 91

Los Angeles Lakers 143, Denver Nuggets 129

Milwaukee Bucks 109, Indiana Pacers 98

April 2, 1987 (four games)

Detroit Pistons 119, Indiana Pacers 73

Denver Nuggets 132, Golden State Warriors 96

Sacramento Kings 125, Los Angeles Clippers 115

Los Angeles Lakers 117, Seattle SuperSonics 114

Dec. 20, 1968 (five games)

New York Knicks 135, Detroit Pistons 87

Los Angeles Lakers 133, San Francisco Warriors 101

Baltimore Bullets 125, Chicago Bulls 102

Milwaukee Bucks 100, Seattle SuperSonics 92

Philadelphia 76ers 116, San Diego Rockets 109

Feb. 6, 1968 (four games)

Los Angeles Lakers 146, Cincinnati Royals 102

Detroit Pistons 120, San Diego Rockets 93

New York Knicks 121, St. Louis Hawks 100

San Francisco Warriors 126, Chicago Bulls 124

Feb. 4, 1987 (four games)

Los Angeles Lakers 128, Sacramento Kings 92

Dallas Mavericks 124, Seattle SuperSonics 94

Philadelphia 76ers 121, New Jersey Nets 95

Boston Celtics 104, Cleveland Cavaliers 102

March 19, 1972 (six games)

Los Angeles Lakers 162, Golden State Warriors 99

Cincinnati Royals 136, Buffalo Braves 105

Philadelphia 76ers 115, Seattle SuperSonics 100

Baltimore Bullets 125, Boston Celtics 112

Atlanta Hawks 115, Cleveland Cavaliers 105

Chicago Bulls 115, Detroit Pistons 107

March 16, 1968 (four games)

Los Angeles Lakers 135, Detroit Pistons 108

Boston Celtics 136, Baltimore Bullets 111

Philadelphia 76ers 144, Chicago Bulls 122

St. Louis Hawks 124, Seattle SuperSonics 106

Jan. 9, 1995 (four games)

Portland Trail Blazers 129, Los Angeles Lakers 83

Phoenix Suns 119, Milwaukee Bucks 102

Utah Jazz 106, Dallas Mavericks 90

Boston Celtics 114, Washington Bullets 101

Dec. 29, 1992 (six games)

Sacramento Kings 139, Dallas Mavericks 81

Seattle SuperSonics 111, Boston Celtics 87

Golden State Warriors 132, Houston Rockets 112

Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Atlanta Hawks 96

Chicago Bulls 114, Charlotte Hornets 103

New York Knicks 97, Indiana Pacers 91

Feb. 24, 1982 (six games)

Boston Celtics 132, Utah Jazz 90

Phoenix Suns 131, Cleveland Cavaliers 97

Indiana Pacers 118, New York Knicks 87

Portland Trail Blazers 123, Kansas City Kings 111

Houston Rockets 120, Denver Nuggets 110

Milwaukee Bucks 113, New Jersey Nets 106